Archive for July 17th, 2010

Sears Kenmore HE3 Washer Teardown: Control Panel

In order to get the drum out, you must remove the Control Panel and Top Front Brace

Start by unplugging the ribbon cable from the side of the Machine Control Microcomputer. Note the cute little latch holding the connector plug in place. Things will not go well with you if you break that latch off; the plug will vibrate loose.

Control Panel plug at Machine Control unit

Control Panel plug at Machine Control unit

Unthread the ribbon cable from the clips all the way around the rear and right side of the washer body.

The Control Panel has three mechanical attachments:

Remove the screw behind detergent drawer on far left. Put the drawer in a tray so it doesn’t drool all over the place.

Control Panel - left screw

Control Panel - left screw

Unsnap latch inside the washer body on far right. By now you’ve removed the top, so just reach inside and shove the tab over a bit to the right to release the latch.

Control Panel - right-side latch

Control Panel - right-side latch

Unsnap latch in the middle. This one baffled me, but all you must do is push upward with a screwdriver (or maybe a dowel) inside the notch on the bottom of the Control Panel Cover directly above the middle of the door opening.

Control Panel - center latch

Control Panel - center latch

Then feed the ribbon cable through the opening.

Now you can get to the screws that hold the Front Panel in place. Don’t remove those until you disconnect the Bellow that seals the Tub to the Panel and unhook the Door Lock assembly.

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